Senior operating and management executive with 32 years in leading successful growing organizations. Results oriented director adept at managed risk taking with a keen sense of bottom-line profitability. Ability to attain consensus and buy-in and generate excitement behind major programs while building credibility and enhancing customer confidence. Known for capacity to create and articulate corporate vision and then move teams to embrace it. Attract talented people and allow teams to take chances, believing that without creative risk taking there can be no true innovation.
Jacob began working with the Schizophrenia Society in March of 2019 as the Navigator Coordinator. Since then Jacob has also assumed the role of IT director. In addition to working with the Schizophrenia Society Jacob works as a career fire fighter with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency.
Adrienne has been working in the mental health field for over 20 years. She joined the Schizophrenia Society in the fall of 2017, coordinating the Community Living program, One to One Peer Support and From Recovery to Discovery group. Adrienne has family members that live with mental illness and it is her passion to help people with their recovery and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.
Dani has been working with the Society since fall 2019. She has been an advocate for improving mental health services and supports since 1996. Dani’s passion and commitment to this work evolved from her personal experience supporting family members and friends with serious mental illnesses, along with her own lived experience with anxiety and depression. Over the years Dani has been a family representative for mental health on numerous committees at the IWK and the NS Health Mental Health and Addictions Program. She received an Inspiring Lives Award from the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia and a MICA Award from the Department of Health and Wellness for her contributions. Dani has also served on the Board of Directors of the Healthy Minds Cooperative and the Schizophrenia Society (SSNS) of Nova Scotia. She has 15 years’ experience facilitating family support and education groups through Laing House, SSNS, and NS Health Mental Health and Addictions. In 2012 and 2013 Dani completed training with the Meriden Family Programme in the UK as a facilitator and trainer for the Families Matter in Mental Health program and has been facilitating groups and training facilitators since that time.
Jan has been an entrepreneur for 30+ years focused on business development and growing organizations from the ground up. Never afraid of a good challenge, she thrives on making the most of limited resources and supporting individuals to contribute to their best potential.
Jan has supported family members with serious mental illnesses for 15+ years. She has learned to navigate through mobile crisis, community policing and mental health services while supporting loved ones. She has served on the Board of Directors for Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia and is a community voice for mental health concerns.
For self care, Jan enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time outdoors.